Brand solos to women's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad victory

Blaak and Van Vleuten round out all-Dutch podium.

Lucinda Brand (Team Sunweb) soloed in to win the Women’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Saturday in Ghent. She topped an all Dutch podium, as Chantal Blaak (Boels Dolmans) and Annemiek van Vleuten (Orica-Scott) finished second and third, respectively.

Ellen Van Dijk (Sunweb) and Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle-High 5) were the first to attack in the finale, exploding the field. Brand, Blaak and Van Vleuten caught them, and then Brand then attacked twice, with her second attempt succeeding. She rode the final kilometres alone to take the win.

"It was a really good day. The team were great and supporting me really well by keeping me out of the headwind," Brand said. The girls kept me in a great position, and we were in a perfect situation with Ellen up the road and good support behind. They helped me to maintain a good position ahead of the cobbles and climbs, so I didn’t have to do anything which was great.

"I started the Molenberg first and when the attacks went we got away in a small group. Ellen's gap held well in front which was good for me then I bridged across on the cobblestones when the gap came down. Then we were six with a few strong sprinters so we wanted to get away. With about 10 kilometres to go we started attacking. I had my final attack with about five kilometres to go - this was really hard but Ellen did a great job behind reacting to everything."

Demmy Druyts (Sport Vlaanderen-Etixx) was the first to go in an early break on a chilly, windy morning in Flanders. When her lead got up to 3:30, the other teams started giving chase. She was caught on the Kluisberg, and things started over.

Eventually Van Dijk and Longo Borghini took off together. The two time trial specialists were a danger to go all the way, and built up a lead of more than a minute over their chasers before beginning to lose ground. Blaak and Brand were ultimately able to bridge up to them, with Van Vleuten and Amanda Spratt (Orica-Scott) finally making the catch as well.

Brand and Van Vleuten both initiated attacks from the select front group. Neither could get clear at first, though the aggressive riding saw Spratt dropped off the back.

Brand's second attack proved decisive. The 27-year-old quickly opened up a gap of 10 seconds to the chasers, and only increased the advantage as the kilometres ticked down into Ghent, with teammate Van Dijk helping mark those behind. Brand crossed the line with plenty of time to celebrate her first victory of the season.

15 seconds later, Blaak won the sprint to claim runner-up honors for the second straight year ahead of Van Vleuten, with Van Dijk and Longo Borghini just behind. Spratt finished 11 seconds later, with the rest of the field more than a minute and a half down. Jolien D'Hoore led the next group across the line 1:47 behind Brand.

"It was a great victory by Lucinda and for the whole team – it's a really good feeling," said Sunweb coach Hans Timmermans. "The plan was to have Lucinda as the leader and use Ellen van Dijk and Leah Kirchmann in the breaks from Paterberg onwards. This worked perfectly as Ellen was away with one other and they stayed clear for a long time.

"Then Lucinda was in the chase over the Molenberg which is where we expected the split to go. When she was in the chase she didn’t have to ride with Ellen up the road and Ellen could wait for her to bridge. They both were great in the final and were always in control. The rest did a strong ride too. Their positioning was always good and the teamwork was fantastic so we can be very happy all round."

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lucinda Brand (Ned) Team Sunweb Women3:19:58 
2Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:00:15 
3Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Orica Scott Women  
4Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) Team Sunweb Women  
5Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle High5  
6Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica Scott Women0:00:28 
7Jolien D'Hoore (Bel) Wiggle High50:01:47 
8Sheyla Gutierrez (Spa) Cylance Pro Cycling  
9Dani King (GBr) Cylance Pro Cycling  
10Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica Scott Women  
11Lotte Kopecky (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
12Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) WM3 Pro Cycling  
13Elena Cecchini (Ita) Canyon SRAM Racing  
14Ann-Sophie Duyck (Bel) Drops Cycling Team  
15Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Canyon SRAM Racing0:02:00 
16Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Canyon SRAM Racing  
17Roxane Fournier (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope0:02:37 
18Lotta Lepistö (Fin) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
19Christina Siggaard (Den) Team Veloconcept Women  
20Sofie De Vuyst (Bel) Lares-Waowdeals  
21Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
22Valerie Demey (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Etixx  
23Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
24Amy Pieters (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
25Chloe Hosking (Aus) Alé Cipollini  
26Lauren Kitchen (Aus) WM3 Pro Cycling  
27Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Lensworld-Kuota  
28Sarah Roy (Aus) Orica Scott Women  
29Janneke Ensing (Ned) Alé Cipollini  
30Alice Barnes (GBr) Drops Cycling Team  
31Shara Gillow (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope  
32Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Cylance Pro Cycling  
33Audrey Cordon Ragot (Fra) Wiggle High5  
34Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Sunweb Women  
35Eider Merino (Spa) Lointek  
36Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
37Kelly Van Den Steen (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Etixx  
38Lisa Klein (Ger) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team0:02:43 
39Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Sunweb Women0:02:45 
40Stephanie Pohl (Ger) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team0:02:46 
41Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team0:02:37 
42Claudia Lichtenberg (Ger) Wiggle High50:03:47 
43Anouska Koster (Ned) WM3 Pro Cycling0:07:02 
44Amalie Dideriksen (Den) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:07:37 
45Camilla Pedersen (Den) Team Veloconcept Women  
46Moniek Tenniglo (Ned) WM3 Pro Cycling  
47Riejanne Markus (Ned) WM3 Pro Cycling  
48Alexis Ryan (USA) Canyon SRAM Racing0:07:40 
49Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) WM3 Pro Cycling  
50Kaat Hannes (Bel) Lensworld-Kuota  
51Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Alé Cipollini0:07:42 
52Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon SRAM Racing  
53Charlotte Becker (Ger) Hitec Products  
54Clara Koppenburg (Ger) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
55Julia Soek (Ned) Team Sunweb Women  
56Jessica Allen (Aus) Orica Scott Women  
57Jenelle Crooks (Aus) Orica Scott Women  
58Rozanne Slik (Ned) Team Sunweb Women  
59Trixi Worrack (Ger) Canyon SRAM Racing  
60Kirsten Wild (Ned) Cylance Pro Cycling  
61Allie Dragoo (USA) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
62Roxane Knetemann (Ned) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope0:09:14 
63Natalie Van Gogh (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg-Destil Cycling Team0:09:21 
64Maaike Polspoel (Bel) Lensworld-Kuota  
65Trine Schmidt (Den) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
66Annelies Dom (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
67Abby-Mae Parkinson (GBr) Drops Cycling Team  
68Kaat Van Der Meulen (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
69Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) BePink Cogeas  
70Daniela Reis (Por) Lares-Waowdeals  
71Jessie Daams (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
72Wiebke Rodieck (Ger) Germany  
73Sara Penton (Swe) Team Veloconcept Women  
74Sarah Inghelbrecht (Bel) Lares-Waowdeals  
75Daiva Tuslaite (Ltu) Alé Cipollini  
76Julie Leth (Den) Wiggle High5  
77Sarah Rijkes (Aut) Lares-Waowdeals  
78Katia Ragusa (Ita) BePink Cogeas  
79Rossella Ratto (Ita) Cylance Pro Cycling  
80Sara Mustonen Lichan (Swe) Team Veloconcept Women  
81Eugénie Duval (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope0:09:24 
82Pernille Mathiesen (Den) Team Veloconcept Women0:10:15 
83Thea Thorsen (Nor) Hitec Products0:14:13 
84Alison Jackson (Can) BePink Cogeas  
85Isabelle Beckers (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies  
86Kelly Druyts (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Etixx  
87Kim De Baat (Bel) Lensworld-Kuota  
88Paola Munoz (Chi) Bizkaia-Durango  
89Ine Allaert (Bel)  
90Ilona Hoeksma (Ned) Hitec Products  
91Gilke Croket (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Etixx  
92Laura Vainionpää (Fin)  
93Tetiana Riabchenko (Ukr) Lensworld-Kuota  
94Anna Trevisi (Ita) Alé Cipollini  
95Astrid Gassner (Aut) Colavita/Bianchi  
96Jessica Mundy (Aus) Colavita/Bianchi  
97Esther Van Veen (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg-Destil Cycling Team  
98Nathalie Verschelden (Bel) Lensworld-Kuota  
99Amelie Rivat (Fra) Lares-Waowdeals  
100Esra Tromp (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg-Destil Cycling Team  
101Demi De Jong (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg-Destil Cycling Team  
102Estefania Pilz (Arg)  
103Joelle Numainville (Can) Cylance Pro Cycling  
DNFDemmy Druyts (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Etixx  
DNFFien Delbaere (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Etixx  
DNFLucy Garner (GBr) Wiggle High5  
DNFRomy Kasper (Ger) Alé Cipollini  
DNFOlga Dobrynina (Rus) BePink Cogeas  
DNFMargarita Syrodoeva (Rus) BePink Cogeas  
DNFMaria Vittoria Sperotto (Ita) BePink Cogeas  
DNFSpela Kern (Slo) Bizkaia-Durango  
DNFLourdes Oyarbide (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango  
DNFRoos Hoogeboom (Ned) Bizkaia-Durango  
DNFYessica Pérez (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango  
DNFLorena Llamas (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango  
DNFWhitney Allison (USA) Colavita/Bianchi  
DNFKendelle Hodges (Aus) Colavita/Bianchi  
DNFAbigail Mickey (USA) Colavita/Bianchi  
DNFAmber Pierce (USA) Colavita/Bianchi  
DNFAnnabel Simpson (GBr) Drops Cycling Team  
DNFRebecca Womersley (GBr) Drops Cycling Team  
DNFSusanna Zorzi (Ita) Drops Cycling Team  
DNFGreta Richioud (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope  
DNFCharlotte Bravard (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope  
DNFNina Kessler (Ned) Hitec Products  
DNFCristina Martinez (Spa) Lointek  
DNFBeatriu Gomez (Spa) Lointek  
DNFZiortza Isasi (Spa) Lointek  
DNFBelen Lopez (Spa) Lointek  
DNFAlba Teruel Ribes (Spa) Lointek  
DNFChanella Stougje (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg-Destil Cycling Team  
DNFAnna Knauer (Ger) Parkhotel Valkenburg-Destil Cycling Team  
DNFDoris Schweizer (Swi) Team Veloconcept Women  
DNFInga Rodieck (Ger) Germany  
DNFGudrun Stock (Ger) Germany  
DNFLaura Süßemilch (Ger) Germany  
DNFLisa Küllmer (Ger) Germany  
DNFKathrin Hammes (Ger) Germany  
DNFLensy Debboudt (Bel)  
DNFEvelien Debboudt (Bel)  
DNFStefanie Deceuninck (Bel)  
DNFBrenda Goessens (Bel)  
DNFClaudia Jongerius (Ned)  
DNFDorottya Kanti (Hun)  
DNFPia De Quint (Bel)  
DNFMie Bjørndal Ottestad (Nor)  
DNFLaura Van Geyt (Bel)  
DNFEmmy Andersson (Swe)  
DNFKelly Lambrechts (Bel)  
DNFChane Jonker (RSA)  
DNFMegan Chard (GBr)  

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